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Finding Security in a Risk-Filled World

Finding Security in a Risk-Filled World

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“To walk in a minefield can be deadly. Would it not make a difference, though, if you had a map that showed the locations of the land mines? Additionally, suppose you had been trained to identify the various mines. Clearly, such knowledge would considerably reduce the risk of your being maimed or killed.“
“To walk in a minefield can be deadly. Would it not make a difference, though, if you had a map that showed the locations of the land mines? Additionally, suppose you had been trained to identify the various mines. Clearly, such knowledge would considerably reduce the risk of your being maimed or killed.“

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To walk in a minefield can be deadly. Would it not make a difference, though, if you had a mapthat showed the locations of the land mines? Additionally, suppose you had beentrained to identify the various mines. Clearly, suchknowledge would considerably reduce the risk of your being maimed or killed.
THE BIBLE can be compared to that map along withthe training on mine identification. The Bible contains wisdom that is unsurpassed when it comes toavoiding the perils and handling the problems that arise in life.Note this reassuring promise found at
:“When wisdom enters into your heartand knowledge itself becomes pleasant to your very soul, thinking ability itself will keep guard overyou, discernment itself will safeguard you.” The wisdom and discernment mentioned here are not ofhuman origin but of divine origin. “As for the one listening to [godly wisdom], he will reside insecurity and be undisturbed from dread of calamity.” (
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Avoiding Deadly Accidents
Although absolute safety while driving is impossible, our personal security is enhancedconsiderably when we obey traffic laws. Speaking of the governmental authorities, who set andenforce traffic laws, the Bible says: “Let every soul be in subjection to the superior authorities.”(
) Motorists who abide by this counsel reduce the risk of having an accident, with itsoften ghastly consequences.Another inducement to drive safely is respect for life. The Bible says of Jehovah God: “With you isthe source of life.” (
) So life is a divine gift. Consequently, we have no right to take thatgift away from anyone or to show disrespect for life, including, of course, our own.—
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 Naturally, respect for human life includes making sure that our car and home are as safeas is reasonably possible.” 
 
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Combating Deadly Addictions
Millions of smokers, as well as users of “recreational” drugs, will ruin their health and quality of life
 
because of their addictions. While God’s Word does not specifically mention tobacco use and drugabuse, its principles can protect us from these practices. For instance,2 Corinthians 7:1advises:“Let us cleanse ourselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit.” There is no question that tobaccoand drugs pollute, or defile, the flesh with many harmful chemicals. What is more, God wants ourbodies to be “holy,” which means pure and clean. (Romans 12:1)
 
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 Do you not agree that applying these principles will reduce a significant risk to one’slife?” 
Overcoming Risky Habits
Many people are given to extremes in eating and drinking. The consequences of overeating caninclude diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. The abuse of alcohol leads to additional problems,such as alcoholism, cirrhosis, broken families, and traffic accidents. At the other extreme, obsessivedieting can also be harmful and can open the door to such life-threatening eating disorders asanorexia nervosa.Though the Bible is not a medical textbook, it does give straightforward advice on the need formoderation in eating and drinking. “You, O my son, hear and become wise, and lead your heart onin the way. Do not come to be among heavy drinkers of wine, among those who are gluttonouseaters of flesh. For a drunkard and a glutton will come to poverty.” (
) Yet, theBible says that eating and drinking ought to be pleasurable. “Every man should eat and indeed drinkand see good for all his hard work. It is the gift of God.”—
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Bitter Consequences of Immorality
Today, millions have abandoned all moral restraint. The AIDS epidemic is one of theconsequences.
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 Many AIDS sufferers contracted the disease through promiscuous sexual activity,contaminated syringes used by drug addicts, or tainted blood transfusions
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Other consequences of loose morals include herpes, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis.Although such medical terms were not used in Bible times, the target organs of certain sexuallytransmitted diseases common at the time were known. For example,
 
describes thefearsome consequence of fornication as ‘an arrow cleaving open the liver.’ Syphilis commonlyattacks the liver, as does hepatitis. Yes, how timely and loving is the Bible’s counsel that Christians‘abstain from blood and from fornication’!—
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The Snare of the Love of Money
In an effort to get rich quickly, many people take big risks with their money. Sadly, taking such
 
risks often leads to financial loss or ruin. To the servant of God, however, the Bible says: “Let him dohard work, doing with his hands what is good work, that he may have something to distribute tosomeone in need.” (
) True, the hard worker may not always become wealthy. Yet,he has peace of mind, self-respect, and perhaps even funds that he can donate to a worthy cause.
 
A wise person realizes that “life does not result from the things he possesses.” (
) Moneyand some possessions are necessary in most societies. In fact, the Bible states that “money is for aprotection,” but it adds that “the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom itself preserves alive itsowners.” (
) Unlike money, the right knowledge and wisdom can help usin
all 
 
circumstances, but especially in matters affecting our life.(
 
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WhenWisdomAlone Will Protect Us
True wisdom will soon ‘preserve alive its owners’ in an unprecedented way—protection throughthe fast-approaching “great tribulation,” when God destroys the wicked. (
) At thattime people will be throwing their money into the streets as “an abhorrent thing,” according to theBible. Why? Because they will have learned the hard way that gold and silver will not buy them lifeduring “the day of Jehovah’s fury.” (
) On the other hand, “a great crowd,” who prudently‘stored up their treasures in heaven’ by putting spiritual interests first in their life, will benefit fromtheir sure investment and gain eternal life in a paradise earth.(
 
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How can we gain this secure future? Jesus answers: “This means everlasting life, their taking inknowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.” (
) Millions have found this knowledge in God’s Word, the Bible. Not only do such ones have awonderful hope for the future but they also experience a measure of peace and security now. It is just as the psalmist expressed: “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you yourself alone,O Jehovah, make me dwell in security.”—
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THE WATCHTOWER, 2/1 2001See also:“A Godly View of Life”
 
, available for download at www.jw,org
 
 
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